One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round. Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow than many think, if you create a favorable growing environment
Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.
Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.
I seriously cannot believe it is almost December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays, which includes the poinsettia. The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember. I think it is fair to say that it is considered the “official” Christmas flower. In fact the U.S. Census Bureau says that over 75 million plants were sold last holiday season.
The Spencer County 4-H Trailblazers took home first place in the 2011 Spencer County Octoberfest parade float contest. Spencer County 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor said club leaders Shannon and Danny Bishop, parent volunteers, and members made the 4-H Trailblazers float possible. The club has received the honor two years in a row, Tichenor said.
Many of you may have already started or will start decorating your homes for the holiday season since Thanksgiving is upon us. I thought it would be nice to give you some tips on how to maintain a fresh Christmas tree. These are some tips that I have passed on to you for a few years now.
Memories of Christmases past are often wrapped in the scent of a freshly cut pine tree. It’s the aroma that welcomes you when you walk in the door at the end of a long winter’s day or mingles with the scent of coffee to wake you on a chilly morning.
Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open. A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze. The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.
Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville (58th District), applauded Shane Greenwell of the Spencer County Future Farmers of America for being named one of 10 national winners in the FFA’s Agri-Entrepreneurship Contest sponsored by the USDA Rural Development.